The Federal Government has confirmed the release of Zainab Aliyu to the Nigeria mission in Saudi.

In the last few hours, one of the many news that broke the Nigerian cyber and terrestrial space is the detainment of Zainab Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, who travelled for Lesser Hajj in December 2018 by Saudi Arabia’s authorities for allegedly being in possession Tramadol, a banned substance in the region. Zainab claims she is innocent and only fell victim of a drug cartel at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, some of whom are already in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

President Buhari had on Monday directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, to intervene in the case of a Nigerian student detained by Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday afternoon, Bashir Ahmed, one of his aide took to his twitter handle to announce that the Federal Government has secured Zainab’s release while the Office of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign affairs confirmed that Ibrahim Abubakar, the second Nigerian involved in the case will be released to the Nigerian mission on Wednesday.

Richard Ogundiya

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